Monitoring the Laguna de Santa Rosa

The rains that have fallen in California are not nearly as intense as the historic flooding rains now inundating low lying areas in Lousiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and surrounding parts of the south.

Laguna 3:11:16

That said, it’s been unusually wet in the Russian River watershed. After a morning of solid rain, midday brought thinning clouds and even little bits of blue sky.

Eager to get outside after being cooped up yesterday, I mounted my trusty yellow bicycle and rode off amidst intermittent showers. The mission was to monitor the nearby the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

In the summer months visitors to the Laguna might look out upon it and reasonably ask, “Where is it?”

Most of the year the Laguna is dry: parkland, pasture, vineyards, and farm fields planted in a variety of crops including blueberries, corn, and vegetables. Running through all this is a thin ribbon of water choked by invasive weeds. During the summer you cannot see water in the Laguna except by looking straight down from the bridges that cross it.

Today there’s no way to miss seeing the Laguna de Santa Rosa. It’s swelled so much that it covers Sanders Road which runs along its eastern side.

Sanford Road Closed 3:11:16

Santa Rosa Creek, which feeds into the Laguna a little ways north of where this photo was taken is full as well.

Santa Rosa Creek 3:11:16

The water in Santa Rosa Creek is a mere trickle in the summer. Today it’s running fast, about 7 miles per hour at this point, into the Laguna on its way to the Russian River and eventually the Pacific Ocean.


4 thoughts on “Monitoring the Laguna de Santa Rosa

  1. Love the trusty yellow bike . . . thanks for the report. I’m now adding you to my “most recommended” blogs list for people I talk to on my beach walks. Just recommended you to “Kim” tonight. She and her 8 year-old son stopped to talk to me when they saw me hauling trash off the beach. Her son actually came over to me because he was curious about my actions . . . we had a great conversation. It’s very uplifting to me to talk to people who are passionate about taking care of our environment and when an 8 year-old is willing to have a conversation I’m stoked! Thanks for all you do . . .

  2. Thanks, beachmama! Though, like you, I’m a litter gitter, I usually don’t talk about those efforts on the blog. You’ve got me thinking that maybe I should mention it more often.

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